What is depression?
Is your child too emotional?
Does he like to be alone??
Is he not eating properly?
Is he getting angrier or sad day by day?
We think that only adults face depression. When a child is sad or getting quieter or stay alone we pass it on as his/ her hormonal changes or emotional or sometimes cranky….
But you know there is a term called adolescent depression which most of us don’t know about..
Symptoms of depression in your child are as follows.
- A sad or irritable mood often. Sometimes they may be cranky or tearful.
- Not enjoying anything.
- Unable to focus on anything.
- Grades getting poorer.
- Complaining or making excuses.
- Eating less or sometimes more.
- Making excuses to be alone.
- Feeling lethargic most of the times.
- Low self esteem.
- Not sleeping during night.
These signs can be present for 1-2 days in any child,incase you see these signs regularly in your child, then your child is definitely facing depression and he/she needs your immediate help.
Your next steps for your depressed child
- You should take him/her into confidence and ask about his/her daily routine, things troubling him whether in home, school or with friends.
- Find a good specialist and consult him regarding the problem. Also, keep a check on the kind of medicines your child is taking as some medicines also cause depression. Your doctor will give counselling sessions and some medicines for rest. Because rest is the key for mental recovery.
- Take the condition very seriously and follow up all the sessions and medicines as prescribed by doctors. Don’t leave anything in middle because this problem can occur again in the future if left untreated.
- Keep on talking to your child regularly about his routine. Stay in touch with his/her friends.
How can you help your child in depression?
- Quality time with parents, appreciation, regular encouragement build the healthy bond between parents and children.
- Healthy diet, 8 hours of sleep, exercise and positive environment are the key areas that help in mental development.
- Engage more in physical activity and fun activities with friends and family rather than spending with mobile or other gadgets.
- Reduce stress, talk about bullying and if there is any grief at home talk about it together. Kids take grief more personally than we think.
- Don’t pass your child’s complains as excuses sometimes they may be symptoms which you might be ignoring.
- Don’t ignore laziness or crankiness of your child.
- Study your family’s history on depression and take care of symptoms.
- Focus on your strengths rather than weakness.
- Listen to your child and treat him/her as a friend.
- Give a positive outlook of life to your teen.
- Break down problems or tasks into smaller steps so your teen can be successful.
- Last but not the least, never feel embarrassed to ask for help.